115 of 115 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2007
I absolutely loved the entire series of The House of Elliot. I'm an all American who really enjoyed this British BBC series. Anyone who loves the 1920's, it's history, will be sure to like the two sister characters trying to succeed in the fashion world of high couture. Their small but lovely gem of a business is really quite inspiring. I loved how smart, how strong, yet vulnerable at times these two women are. Every episode is like looking through a glossy Vogue magazine, but with a good story. You can't help but become fond of the working class cloth beaders, seamstresses, and cutter who all work for The House of Elliot. There is something here for everyone. There is no vulgarity here, not to say that everyone is behaving well. Yes, there are hints and gossip of risque behavior. We watch the occasional love story develop and unfold within some of the characters. I'd be totally comfortable having my 11 year old daughter watching this with me. Why can't they make more of this great stuff!
70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2007
House of Eliott, all three seasons in one!
I bought the series one by one as they came out, I could not wait for the next one to come out. Also when I loan out my DVD's this series is always repeatedly borrowed. It is good enough to buy the whole series in one, that is for sure.
I love a story with strong yet feminine female characters. Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard play the differing roles superbly. The series is simply 'beautiful' to watch, with the set designs and fashionable clothing always unique and eye catching.
To top this all off, I liked the characters and was interested in where their lives were headed. This set is sure to please.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2008
"The House of Elliot" is one of the best series I have. The story is in the 20's-30's with all the problems of women getting started in business, with women not being trained for jobs. I loved the acting, the story lines, the settings and the connection of family. I have purchased 3 of these "complete collections" for family and friends. I would purchase this collection again in a second. I will watch it over several times I am sure.
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
First of all we absolutely loved this series. It is addictive. The period costumes, manners, sets were all top notch. The actors did an incredible job and you always felt like you were really there with them. However, the reason I am giving this a 3 instead of a 5 is because there is no ending. Now this wasn't the fault of the people involved with making the show but apparently BBC pulled the plug at the end of series 3. Since the writers had no idea this was going to happen, the season finale of series 3 is full of cliff hangers, including the prospect of the Eliott sisters going against each other for real. For me there is nothing more frustrating than purchasing an expensive box set without any knowledge that the show doesnt really end. If I researched it better I would have passed on this as I feel duped. Still it is a wonderfully produced period drama and anyone would enjoy it. Just don't expect any resolutions!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
Yes, it's great! Yes, you'll love it! You'll fall in love with Evie and Bea and Miles and Joseph and Tilly and you'll hate Betty and you'll know Alexander is a swine. BUT---you will be left hanging, I mean absolutely, totally out there not knowing what happened! At the end of Season 3 quite a number of things come to a head and you'll be eager to get to Season 4 to see how it all works out, but you won't get to see Season 4 because there IS no Season 4! If you can't stand unresolved issues, especially when you know it isn't just a matter of waiting for the season opener, don't get hooked!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2008
The entire series of The House of Elliott is a sheer delight, especially to any lovers of fashion and the art deco era. Two sisters who had been raised as members of a priveleged class, find themselves penniless after the death of their profligate father who has denied them an education which would enable them to make their own way in the world. Both are talented dressmakers and designers, used to making their own clothes and both have an inborn flair for style and cut. They establish one of the first English Haute Couture fashion houses at a time when it was thought that only the French were able to create fashion, and gradually set their own style which converts a large number of society women to becoming regular clients. The dressing in the show is superb, going from the immediate post WW1 days through to the middle thirties, and the details of furnishings, cars and houses are perfect. It's a wonderful set of DVD's which I'm sure everyone will love.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2009
After it was recommended to me by NetFlix, I tried it out and they were right - it not only suited my tastes, but I was instantly addicted to this series. Set during the Roaring 20s in London, the Eliott sisters suddenly find themselves hard on their luck and in their search for work, decide that their dream is to start their own fashion house. It does not prove an easy venture, and I was constantly surprised by the difficult blows they receive around every corner. The characters are all well-developed, colorful, and real, and every aspect of the production is superb. Stella Gonet and Louise Lombard are wonderful as Beatrice and Evangeline Eliott, and Aden Gilett is handsome and winning as Jack Maddox. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, with dramatic cliffhangers that have you dashing to put in the next DVD to see what happens. And the costumes, as they should be, are AMAZING! It won an Emmy for costumes because it captures the style of the period (and makes me hope for flapper fashion to come back in style!).
If I could give it 6 stars, I would because it is fabulous!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2010
The House of Elliot revolves around the lives of the Elliot sisters in 1920's England and their struggle to make their own way in the world after the sudden death of their domineering father. They put their skills at clothing design to good use and gradually start up their own successful fashion house. The series focusses on the differences between the lives of the upper middle-class Elliot sisters and the working-class women in their employ, as well as the wealthy upper-class clients they routinely deal with. As the series progresses through the 20's many historical events are touched on, including the General Strike, issues with shell-shocked ex-servicemen from the Great War, the rise of the Labour Party etc.
The highlight of the series are of course the fashions. The clothing is beautiful, flawlessly reproduced, and extremely striking. It's worth getting the entire series just to see the clothes!
All the actors are highly competent at their craft and put in fine performances, without exception.
Where the series fails however is the writing. Plot points are routinely signposted miles in advance, the drama is repetitive and almost always relies on the main characters having a misunderstanding about something they accidentally failed to communicate about earlier on in an episode (hence the signposting). Various sub-plots often peter out into nothing (as if the writers were bored with them), and frequently important antagonist characters (and others) just conveniently "go away", never to be seen or refereed to again. Early on in the series it suffered from the writers being far too obvious about dealing with the issues of the day "oh isn't it hard fining a job as a women in the 1920's, it's just not fair', that sort of thing. Another failing of the early series were the too obvious "villain" characters (their cousin and his aunt, and later Ralph Seroyan, the evil banker). In later episodes things mature a little and the drama is drawn from their business and their social lives, but becomes steadily more melodramatic and soapy as things go on.
All in all The House of Elliot is quite a good series with high production values and excellent acting, slightly let down by poor writing. It's a flawed gem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
This is an absolutely terrific series. We loved everything about it. The acting and especially the characters are real and believable. It's sad that American television series are so contrived and trivial in comparison. Our only disappointment was that we wanted more. The last episode seemed to cut the story mid-stream leaving us frustrated, wanting to know how the several crisis situations resolved themselves. So, if you need a tidy ending, forget it. If you want to see what a quality production looks like, this is the gold standard.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This complete collection of "The HOUSE of ELIOTT" has 34 episodes, 1770 minutes, approximately the same amount of superb entertainment as 20 full-length films. It is as much a bargain as it is a beautifully filmed British drama about the London fashion industry. From seamstress to industry giants, you meet and learn to love or hate all the people that work and create exclusive fashions.
It is a delight. Bea and Evie, the beautiful, unwed Eliott sisters, become the viewer's family. Splendid acting causes one to run the gambit of emotion as Bea and Evie struggle and succeed, over and over, first one-then the other, through a decade of trying to rise above the odds. Being sheltered and uneducated, the two find themselves in the early 1920's without means, an exhausted estate, and only sewing skills in place of an education. It was society's way.
Through the episodes, they both face the hard road to finding love. They both face the hard road to financial success. A fantastic story of ladies taking on the world, usi8ng beauty, talent, and intellect--AND WINNING. Unsurpassed 20s costuming and sets. Experience NOT the Roaring Twenties, but the Sensual Twenties.
34 episodes pass much too quickly, leaving one with the desire for more. The Eliott family is done, the episodes are completed, and there is nothing we can do about our own loss--EXCEPT--return to disc one and start again. It's that good.
A very interesting extra is a 2005 interview with Louise Lombard (CSI) who played Evie Eliott. She recalls show moments, while at interview time is only 4 days from delivery of a baby. Lombard was also in "The Black Velvet Gown" a film made from the book by Catherine Cookson. Any Cookson movie is recommended.
This DVD set gives viewers a very early look at Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Circle of Friends). She was cast as the second receptionist in Jack's photo studio.
This is a first-rate series as proven by its presentation on the BBC, A&E, PBS, BBC America, plus receiving costume design awards, Emmy, and a BAFTA.